Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia

Turning principles into pathways: The future of the Seafood Good Labour Practices programme

This publication highlights the findings of the assessment of the Seafood GLP programme. It covers lessons learned and challenges ahead. It also features a number of concrete recommendations for strengthening the effectiveness of the programme which in turn will help improve labour standards in the fishing and seafood processing sector.

The Seafood Good Labour Practices programme was developed by the International Labour Organization, Thai Tuna Industry Association and the Thai Frozen Foods Association to enhance employers’ awareness and understanding of Thai laws and the principles of international labour standards, and to equip them with labour management systems for supporting compliance. It is a voluntary programme specific to formal export-facing seafood processing factories and seeks to improve labour standards for workers one factory at a time.

Implementation of the programme was initiated under ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights Thailand (2016–20), supported by the European Union. This report examines how, since implementation began, the Seafood GLP has impacted the seafood processing companies involved, the workers in the factories, and the wider supply chain. The assessment also explores three possible future pathways for the Seafood GLP programme, and makes recommendations for robust and effective implementation to improve labour conditions for workers.